Minors and Personal Injury Claims in Massachusetts
Whenever a minor in Massachusetts has been wrongfully injured, he or she can bring a claim for personal injuries against the responsible person or company. However, before representation of the minor claimant can begin, the attorney must have a parent or legal guardian sign a contingent fee agreement on behalf of the minor.
If and when the case resolves favorably, permission must be obtained from a judge, in order to finalize any type of settlement. The attorney will accompany the minor and the parent/legal guardian to a Court hearing whereby the judge will ask some questions to make sure the settlement money will be well protected and not squandered. Any judge during such a hearing really just wants the child's interests to be fully protected.
If there is a large amount of money involved, a trust may be set up that adequately protects the child's money until they reach adulthood.